|Kate Smith Hour|
For eight years (1937–45), The Kate Smith Hour was a leading radio variety show, offering comedy, music and drama with appearances by top personalities of films and theater. The nationwide audience was introduced to comedy by the show's resident comics, Abbott and Costello and Henny Youngman, while a series of sketches led to The Aldrich Family as a spin-off in 1940. She continued into the 1950s on the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS, ABC, and NBC, doing both music and talk shows.
Keywords: Kate Smith; Al Jolson; Jackie Gleason; Gene Kelly
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The biggest names in Hollywood and Broadway recorded for AFRS during the war years, The American Forces Network can trace its origins back to May 26, 1942, when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). The U.S. Army began broadcasting from London during World War II, using equipment and studio facilities borrowed from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The first transmission to U.S...
Keywords: AFRS; OTR; Duke Ellington; Shirley Temple; Mickey Rooney; Gene Kelly; Betty Hutton; Bob Hope; Bing Crosby; Yank Bandstand; Jubilee; GI Jive; Amos and Andy; One Night Stand; Sound Off; Mail Call; Gene Krupa